BEND, OR -- Firefighters with the Deschutes National Forest will ignite another prescribed burn, Tuesday. The unit is directly across Cascade Lakes Highway from the Rimrock Trailhead burn that occurred Sunday, which sent smoke pouring into Bend Monday and Tuesday morning. Fire managers will close sections of the new paved path around the under-crossing for public safety, during the operation.
A prescribed burn on the Sisters Ranger District will also take place Tuesday. The two units total 229 acres, about 1.5 miles south of the Camp Sherman store and four miles north of Black Butte Ranch. No road closures are expected.
On Wednesday, the Forest Service plans to conduct a burn near Shevlin Park, totaling 95 acres on Bend Parks and Recreation District property.
The public is encouraged to close their windows at night, due to the smoke. The Forest Service said in a statement, "The public's health is important to the Forest Service. While significant preventative measures are taken, many factors influence a person's susceptibility to smoke, including severity and duration of smoke exposure and a person's health. If individuals feel impacted by the smoke, they should contact their doctor."